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Saturday 18 August 2018

Gardai probe Traveller feud link to bomb

Gardai are investigating if a pipe bomb attack on a north Dublin home is linked to a feud involving members of the Travelling community.

Two occupants who were in the house at the Cara Park estate in Belcamp Lane, Coolock, escaped injury when the viable device exploded and caused considerable damage.

The door was blown off and damage was caused to the roof of the property.

The terrifying incident happened at 3.50am last Tuesday and gardai say the culprits escaped on foot before fleeing in a getaway vehicle.

Gardai called the Army Bomb Disposal unit who arrived at the scene at 5am and declared the area safe before army experts carried out a post-blast analysis at the scene.

"All the early indications are that this is a very localised matter," said a source.

"The activities of a number of individuals in the area have been causing huge concern for many months now.

"There have been a number of violent incidents and the situation is a complex and dangerous one."



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The device which caused Tuesday's explosion was viable and capable of causing injury or death.

Today gardai are investigating a motive for the attack as the occupants of the house are not believed to have been involved in any feud.

In a separate incident last month, a Traveller family in the nearby Tara Lawns estate in Belcamp were forced to flee the area after being targeted by a Continuity IRA gang.

Paddy Quinn McDonagh (46) and his son Tony (16) fled after the thugs shot them both in the legs and burned down their two caravans.

Mr Quinn McDonagh's devastated wife Kathleen (45) was doused in petrol and saw her husband getting shot during the nightmare ordeal.

Sources say that feuding among some Travellers in the Belcamp Lane area has spread to the Dunsink area of Finglas.

It is an area where a number of relations of those involved in the Coolock dispute are also based.

Gardai have been forced to step up armed patrols in both areas and are concerned that someone will be murdered if the incidents continue.

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